Lilac – A Cow That Jumps Like A Horse

Don’t see this every day…

INVERCARGILL, New Zealand – Lilac is calm, likes long walks and river swims, and can jump four and a half feet — and she’s a cow.

Hannah Simpson was 11 years old when she started training the 6-month-old heifer. Now the pair are a daily sight walking along the outskirts of a town near South Island, New Zealand.

Simpson, now 18, has been bucked from Lilac too many times to count.

“I have always loved jumping, I always wanted to do show-jumping on a horse,” Simpson told The Guardian. “And Lilac was always jumping out of the cow shed when she was young so I think she likes it, too. We started her off with stepping over logs and it just got bigger and bigger.”

Simpson tried riding Lilac with a saddle once, but that did not work out well. So they ride bareback with a halter and stick to prod Lilac along when needed.

If Americans Think of Bibi At All

Next on WPR’s Chapter A Day – West With The Night by Beryl Markham


“West With The Night” by Beryl Markham

Monday, January 9 through Friday, January 20, 2017. Read by Susan Sweeney

This is how Library Journal describes it: Though Markham is known for setting an aviation record for a solo flight across the Atlantic from East to West-hence the title-she was also a bush pilot in Africa, sharing adventures with Blor Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton of Out of Africa fame. Hemingway, who met Markham during his safari days, dubbed the book “bloody wonderful.”

“Beryl Markham’s West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Isak Dinesen.

“If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions, and gazelles for neighbors.

“She made money by scouting elephants from a tiny plane. And she would spend most of the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrix―she became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty.” Amazon’s blurb

Dogs’ First Snow :-)

Drought Map for Dec. 27th 2016

Sometimes doing nothing is wise… VERY wise

And such a sweet little family…

from Mark Dayton… Standing together in 2017

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We don’t know what 2017 will bring, but one thing’s for sure: We have a lot of work ahead of us to protect the progress we’ve made in Minnesota, and we can’t do it without your support today.

We’ve set a goal of raising $5,000 before this year ends, so we can stay on track for 2017. We count on your grassroots support to fight for our values, from expanding paid family leave to ensuring access to quality, affordable education for all Minnesotans – and we just can’t fall short now.

In uncertain times, it’s never been more important to stand together – and there’s no time to waste. Will you pitch in $25 or more right now to help fight for all Minnesotans?

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Ep. 108 – President Barack Obama | The Axe Files with David Axelrod

“President Barack Obama sits down with David Axelrod to discuss their shared history together, how President Obama managed to stay grounded during turbulent moments of his childhood and adolescence, why the Obama presidency struggled to overcome the partisan politics in Washington, and what’s in store for the President when he leaves office on January 20th.”

BREAKING: Bears Ears protected!

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Bears Ears
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President Obama just designated Utah’s iconic Bears Ears region as a national monument. Send him a message of thanks — and urge him to follow through on other key priorities before Donald Trump takes office.


BIG NEWS: President Obama has just designated the majestic Bears Ears region in Utah as America’s newest national monument under the Antiquities Act.

And it gets better: This national monument designation is one thing that Donald Trump alone cannot easily reverse. So it’s especially important that President Obama made this designation before he leaves office in January.

Thank President Obama for making the Bears Ears a national monument — and urge him to follow through on other critical environmental priorities before he leaves office.

This is an incredible victory in our fight to protect our cultural and environmental heritage — first and foremost, for the Native American tribes who have inhabited the Bears Ears region for millennia. Never before have tribal voices played such an active role in shaping the management of a large expanse of public lands like the Bears Ears.

And it’s an exciting win for NRDC members and activists like you who made your voices heard in solidarity with the tribes, sending more than 36,000 messages to President Obama urging him to permanently protect this iconic wildland.

The Bears Ears region — 1.35 million acres of public lands near Utah’s Canyonlands National Park — provides drinking water to more than 40 million Americans, boasts spectacular western wildlands and contains an unparalleled concentration of cultural sites, including ancient petroglyphs and burial grounds.

Yet, this remarkable landscape has been continually threatened by oil and gas drilling, uranium and coal mining, tar sands extraction, rampant looting, vandalism and other dangers.

The monument designation will safeguard the Bears Ears from those industrial dangers, honor our nation’s Native American heritage and give Native American tribes a greater hand in managing their ancestral homelands.

This win comes on the heels of another recent victory for Native American sovereignty, in which President Obama and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sided with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota by halting construction on a piece of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline that would have crossed the tribe’s ancestral homeland and threatened drinking water supplies.

And just last week, President Obama took bold action on another crucial front by permanently protecting most of America’s Arctic Ocean and large portions of our Atlantic coast from oil and gas drilling.

Today’s victory gives me renewed hope that we can compel the President to follow through on other important environmental priorities before he leaves office on January 20. These include extending the coal moratorium on public lands to cover oil and gas development, cracking down on the toxic agrichemicals imperiling bees and monarch butterflies and creating the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona.

Please urge President Obama to use the last critical weeks of his term to take bold, lasting action for the environment.

While it will be very difficult for President-elect Trump and Congress to reverse this designation, NRDC will remain vigilant and ready to fight off any attempts to do so. But today, please join me in celebrating this truly spectacular win for wildlands — and thank you, as always, for standing with us.


Rhea Suh
President, NRDC
Rhea Suh

The mission of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

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Damnit! A Friend Was Waterfowling and Shot Some SWANS!!

Trumpeters, that is. Right Linda?